5 Lessons We Learned From The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are over and I am having SERIOUS withdrawals. I watched the games all day and all night. My kids would walk into my room and ask “Mom, you are STILL watching the Olympics?!”.
Yes, yes I was.
I’ve been completely enthralled with the games since I was a kid. I loved watching all the games and pulling for Jamaica and the United States. The idea that all the most amazing athletes from every country was represented was just the coolest thing ever. These Olympic Games were cloaked in controversy, fun, and inspiration. Here are some of the lessons that I got out of the 2016 Olympic Games.
They work hard…really hard
During the games we are lucky enough to see the fruit of all the hard work these athletes put in. We get the privilege to enjoy athletes at the peak of their training, but it wasn’t until I saw a few videos of what Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt go through during training to BE the best–that I was completely blown away.
Despite adversity you can still win
During the women’s 4×100 trials the US Women’s Team was disqualified because of a dropped baton. After a replay it turns out that my bestie Allyson Felix (remember my interview with her last Spring?) was hit on her hand and the team had to run the trials AGAIN on an empty track–then they went on to win Gold.
Sometimes, it isn’t your day.
On the final day of the 2016 Olympic Games, we got to witness the long awaited Men’s Marathon. I was rooting for Meb (because we are obviously friends–read my interview with him here) and he was doing a great job keeping up with the pack until the halfway point. When I saw Meb stop and keel over, my heart dropped. I knew immediately that it wasn’t his day. All the hard work that led up to that moment, didn’t result in a medal but I still have SO much respect for him.
Eritrean born US runner Meb Keflezighi trips at finish line but does Push-ups to cover it up ??? pic.twitter.com/x3bjVxnpuZ
— J. Kolo (@BunaTime) August 21, 2016
Sportsmanship is always best.
When New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin took a tumble during the 5000M Women’s race, D’Agostino from the US tripped over her and took a fall. Instead of getting up to continue her race, she stopped to make sure Hamblin was okay. They both were really shook up after the race, but in the end finished together.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
History was made in the best ways
From the first black woman to ever win a medal (GOLD!) in individual swimming to the first Arab woman, Sara Ahmed, to win a medal for Egypt. We got to witness SO many groundbreaking Olympians just destroy stereotypes and make you feel like you can do it ALL.
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Did you enjoy the 2016 Olympic Games this year? What did you enjoy the most?